Review #49: The Creeper by Tania Carver

For some odd reason, I could have sworn this was a Netgalley book but can’t find any record of having got it on that website. I also know I didn’t pay for it on Amazon since it is $13 over there… so somehow this book snuck it’s way on to my Kindle. Sneaky.

This is the second in the “Pegasus Crime” series featuring Detective Inspector Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad (of the fictional British town of Colchester). From Amazon:

Detective Inspector Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has a killer to hunt. A killer who stalks young women, insinuates himself into their lives, and ultimately tortures and murders them in the most shocking way possible.

But the more Phil investigates, the more he delves into the twisted psychology of his quarry, Phil realizes that it isn’t just a serial killer he’s hunting but something—or someone—infinitely more calculating and horrific. And much closer to home than he realized . . .

In many ways this is a typical murder-mystery-thriller… actually, it is in all ways. It has the somewhat dark-souled lead detective, snappy sidekick detectives, grumpy police chief, and an entangled love story on the side. There is also the crazed serial killer and his victims, plus some good ole police detecting, clues, and red herrings. Despite these archetypal scenarios, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing was solid enough to keep me engaged throughout, and there was no unnecessary or annoying dialogue (which I am beginning to appreciate more and more). There is nothing too “deep” going on in this book, but it was a page turner and I was interested in seeing what would happen next.

I have to say though, this is the least “British” British book, I’ve ever read. Aside from some vernacular specific to England, there was very little here to distinguish it as a British book. In fact, it felt in many ways an American book to me. That didn’t distract from my enjoyment, just something that I noticed. Overall, a good book and I’ll read more from this author.